Posted by swallenoeffer on December 29, 2010
On 2 December 2010, the three African regional economic integration organizations, SADC, EAC and COMESA organized a joint side-event on the topic of “REDD without boundaries – a regional approach”.
The event took place in the Cancun Palace Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. During the event, speakers from three countries, which have started preparing for REDD, namely Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Kenya, presented their experiences and raised challenges relating to cross-border cooperation in the process of setting up a national REDD mechanism. The discussion was moderated by Mr David Lesolle and centered around the question of how a REDD mechanism can be designed so as to benefit all countries in the region. The lively discussion touched upon many issues and agreed that for setting up a successful and region-wide REDD mechanism in the SADC region cross-border and regional cooperation are important elements. In his closing remarks, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the Republic of Namibia as the Chair of SADC also emphasized the importance of a regional approach to REDD+ in order to maximize the benefits for all countries in the region and ensure common project standards across member countries.